France v Netherlands Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 29, 2017
Stade De France - Paris - World Cup Qualifier
France host the Netherlands on Friday evening, as Didier Deschamps side look to put some distance between themselves and the Dutch in Group A
Encounters between these two sides have served up some classic games over the years, with some of Europe's greatest ever players pulling on either the Blue or Orange jersey.
France certainly have the edge in terms of recent meetings, with the Netherlands some way short of the illustrious past, winning the last three meetings against Dick Advocaat's team.
Les Bleus have already beaten the Netherlands as part of this World Cup qualifying campaign, beating them 1-0 in the Amsterdam Arena thanks to Paul Pogba's first half goal.
The Netherlands have called up a number of Premier League players to their squad for this crunch game in Paris, although some are expected to play a back up role.
Everton goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg has been named in the squad, but is likely to be behind Barcelona's Jasper Cillessen in the pecking order.
Manchester United's Daley Blind should start in defence, but Erik Pieters of Stoke City is set for the bench, as is Wesley Hoedt of Southampton.
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum and Tottenham's Vincent Janssen should both start as part of the visitors attack.
France and Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris will start in goal for Deschamps' side, with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in front of him in defence.
Manchester United star Pogba, and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante should both line up in the centre of the park, with Arsenal pair Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette will compete for a staring place up front alongside Antoine Griezmann.
France v Netherlands Preview and Predictions
France suffered something of a shock 2-1 defeat away in Sweden in their last qualifying match, and the Euro 2016 finalists will want to put that right in front of their home fans in Paris.
That loss means that France have slipped to second place in Group A, behind Sweden on goal difference, and a win would put six points between them and the Dutch in third place, effectively kill off their qualification chances.
There will be plenty to play for, as on the flip side, a win for the Netherlands them right in the reckoning for a chance to qualify for Russia 2018.
With that in mind, a goal fest is almost guaranteed, and an over 2.5 goals bet is priced at 21/20.
However, home advantage and the attacking talents of Griezmann et al should be enough to secure a narrow victory for France, with a home win priced at 8/13.
France to win 3-2 at 28/1
Both sides have plenty of attacking talents at their respective disposals, and France have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three competitive internationals and the Netherlands defence record even worse, virtually guaranteeing plenty of goal action.
Giroud to score anytime at 11/8
Arsenal striker Giroud is the main man for France in their recent games, netting three goal in his last two qualifying games, and he looks to be the most natural partner for Griezmann in attack for the French.